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‘Extinct’ Dolphin Seen

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Posted on Aug 30, 2007
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jwharrison.com

The Yangtze river dolphin was thought to be extinct, a victim of China’s explosive economic growth and environmental negligence, but one of the baiji, as the animal is known, was just caught on tape—alive and well.


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As reported last year, The Baiji was thought to be extinct after a six-week search for the dolphin turned up no sightings in the Yangtze River. Now recent eyewitness footage of the animal has given scientists and conservationists a sliver of hope. Unfortunately, the Baiji is still too few and too scattered to perpetuate the species unless the remaining individuals were somehow found and concentrated into a protected area of the river for breeding purposes. That actually seems to be the plan now.

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By Jacqueline Chan, August 31, 2007 at 5:43 am Link to this comment
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It is not a matter of choice, but a matter of duty and obligation to our specie. We should stop polluting and suffucoating this planet and other inhabitants to extinction. But as man is cruel, so can it also be good. To save the dolphins is our responsibility. Let the campaign to save them start, the funding flow and the conservation efforts begin. There is no time to waste.

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By Margaret Currey, August 30, 2007 at 4:22 pm Link to this comment
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I really hope that something can be done for these animals because they are smart animals, they are not fish they are somewhat like all mamals on earth, and their social order is like that of land mamels.

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